My intial reaction to his potential signing was um... lets say... lets just say I was less than excited about the prospect. But after thinking about it for a bit, I've come to the realization that perhaps my judgment was too greatly influenced by my prejudices against him (which I won't get into but largely center around the riding of an exercise bike) and I took less into consideration his actual capabilities and his ability to contribute to the Jets.
So (swallow the vomit)... Why would the Jets' acquisition of LD be a good thing?
1) Signing LD for TJ-type money signals to the team that the breakdown in negotiations with TJ probably had more to do with playing time and carries than it did about money. Its a business for the players too, and you want them to feel like their hard work will be rewarded. You're sending the simultaneous signal that they will get paid if they deserve it, but at the same time no player gets put before what is best for the team.
2) Its been widely reported that the Jets feel that LD would be a great 3rd down back. Which is interesting because we already have a 3rd down back in Leon on the roster. This signing might make teams more inclined to separate themselves from a second round pick if they believe that they can sign Leon relatively cheapley. And the Jets are less likely to match an offer if they have a 3rd down back on the roster to replace Leon and are receiving a 2nd round pick in this draft.
3) LD is a running back out of TCU who played for the Chargers. If he's on board and we draft a Jerry Hughes (TCU) and a running back, then we have a HOFer mentoring our young RBs, a TCU alumn that Hughes could seek advice from, and a familiar big brother for Cro.
I am still dead-set against this move, if its made, if we intend to go into the season with Leon on the roster. But if Leon goes elsewhere, then the signing of LD makes some sense.